I woke up yesterday longing for spring. The focus of my attention and day dreaming was the thought of how beautiful all the landscaping I designed and built last year will look in year 2! My ubiquitous ornamental grasses and bamboo plants that I planted last year will really take off this year. A friend recently told me this about plants: "In the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, the third year they LEAP!" I love that! Hoping they do a little "leaping" in year 2.
The bamboo that I planted is a cold hardy (survives down to 20 below zero!) clumping species named Fargesia Rufa. I love that it has remained green throughout winter so far and its leafy culms are the only splash of green in the Hoth-like world of white that is January in Western New York. I made sure that I gave them plenty of straw compost mulch to keep them warm and so far they appear to be quite happy.
I never cut the ornamental grasses back until March because I love the way their dusty brown spiky leaves look bursting out of the snow. Once the heavy snow weighs them down I like that because they then act as their own insulators and mulch protection from the cold. This is a great guide: Pocket Guide to Ornamental Grasses (Timber Press Pocket Guides) Take it with you to the nursery!
This one here is called Miscanthus Sinensis Gracillimus. Love it! I planted a row of them along our drive way.
This is Sargastrum....need to get more this spring. Really digging it's look.